Ohio Fire Chief Credentialing Program

Credentialing Logo The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association (OFCA) and the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation (OF&ESF) have identified the need to further enhance the professionalism of chief fire officers throughout the State of Ohio by the establishment of a uniform credentialing program. The goal of the program is to ensure a strong degree of accountability. The Credentialing Program sets forth the goals needed for chief fire officers to establish a higher degree of professionalism so that fire chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department, their community, and other organizations. The goal is to promote the professional development of the chief fire officer in Ohio and to assist these chiefs in their daily operations, management, and leadership.

Credentialed participants will be required to renew their credentials every three years.

The OFCA, through this program, has attempted to establish occupational education, fire service related training, and experience criteria relevant to the position of fire chief. This process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, paid-on-call, or full-time applicant to meet the minimum criteria for achieving the Ohio Fire Chief credential.

By participation in this program, an applicant agrees to abide by a Mission Statement and Code of Professional Conduct. The credentialing process will be solely administered by The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Credentialing Committee.


Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association Credentialed Chiefs

Chief Rick Anderson, OFE, OFC                         Ashland Fire Division
Chief Thomas Burgasser, OFC                           Massillon Fire Department
Chief John Frazier, OFC                                      Russell Fire Department
Chief Brent Gates, OFC                                      New Concord Fire Department
Assistant Chief Ray Green, OFC                        Canal Fulton Fire Department         
Chief William Houk, OFC                                     Jefferson Township Fire Department
Assistant Chief Justin Joy, OFE, OFC                 Greentown Fire Department
Chief Jeff Klein, OFE, OFC                                 Perrysburg Fire Division
Chief Dennis Lewis, OFE, OFC                           Bazetta Fire Department
Chief Mark Martin, OFC                                      Perry Township Fire Department
Chief Matt Noble, OFC                                        Orange Township Fire Department
Assistant Chief Daniel Podlogar, OFE, OFC       Lawrence Township Fire Department
Chief Rudy Ruiz, MBA, EFO, FO, OFC               Bedford Township Fire Department
Chief Bill Shaw, EFO, OFC                                  Solon Fire Department
Chief George Snyder, BCJ, OFC                        Burghill Vernon Fire Department
Chief Porter Welch, J.D., OFE, OFC                   Scioto Township Fire Department
Chief Bill Wilkins, OFC                                        Defiance Fire Department
Chief Jerry Winkler, OFC                                    Seville-Guilford Fire & Rescue
Chief Paul Wright, OFC                                      Montgomery Fire Department
Chief Jeffery Young, OFE, OFC                          Sheffield Village Fire Department


Ohio Fire Chief Credentialing Program Application

Sample News Release for OFC Credentialing Program